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Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast

Expedition

See spectacular Croatia on this 2-Week guided tour including a week-long luxury cruise.

Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

See spectacular Croatia on this 2-Week guided tour including a week-long luxury cruise. Enjoy a mix of medieval and modern sightseeing with a Local Expert in Zagreb. See hundreds of waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then journey to the Opatija Riviera for striking views of the Adriatic Sea. Hunt for truffles with a local farmer and his hound dogs in Istria. Explore the Museum of Apoxyomenos, allowing you unparalleled access to its 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue. Savor oysters straight from the sea in the picturesque fishing village of Mali Ston, then tour the marble streets of Old Town Dubrovnik with a Local Expert. Later, choose to walk the city’s expansive walls or visit its world-class museums.   The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

highlights

Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
  • 10 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Dubrovnik:
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
  • Included at all hotels.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Mali Losinj: Embark on an exclusive and immersive exploration of the Museum of Apoxymenos. Get to know the story of the 2000-year-old Greek bronze statue, perfectly preserved in the nearby seabed, and housed in the thoughtfully designed museum.

Exceptional Dining

  • Istria: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and join a local farmer and his well-trained hounds to hunt for truffle, and sample a selection of salamis, spreads and cheeses prepared with this gourmet delicacy.
  • Skradin: Specialists in boutique wine production, the Bibich vineyards are over 500 years old. With a deep devotion to the native grape and a strong respect for the land, the vintners of Bibich represent generations of family vintners. Taste some of the finest Croatian wines, paired expertly with tapas, for a true flavor of the region.

Magnificent Stays

  • With a long history of excellent service, dating back to the mid 1920s, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel harmoniously blends its art nouveau and art deco heritage with contemporary finishes. The hotel's central location makes it a convenient base for your two-night stay as you explore the city and its surrounds. Guest rooms reflect Hollywood glamour, decorated with classic and elegant style, ensuring you will be most comfortable throughout your stay.
  • Dubrovnik: The historic Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik blends the charm of the late 1800s with modern styling on the edge of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The Hilton Imperial is perfectly situated to take in views of the Adriatic Sea as well as exploration of Pile Gate, the Lovrijenac Fort and Šulić beach.

Passport Moments

  • Zagreb: Join your Local Expert on an orientation city tour showcasing the charming atmosphere of the lower town then travel to the medieval upper town by funicular to see the colorful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak Tower.
  • Pula: Truly magnificent, the colossal Pula Arena was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, around the same time as the Colosseum of Rome. As you stroll its vast interior, picture the fierce gladiator battles that once took place here in front of 20,000 spectators.
  • Split: Join your Local Expert for a city tour of Split. Visit Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the winding streets and see the Roman-era buildings. Continue your highlight tour with stops at St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter and the Golden Gate.
  • Kornati National Park: Sail through the maze of the 89 rocky islands in the Kornati National Park and take time to relax and recharge as you cruise past ruins of the ancient Illyrian fortress, Roman villas, and medieval settlements.
  • Discover the natural wonders of Telašćica Bay, one of the most beautiful locations on the Adriatic, with an expert guide. Learn about the formation of the Salt Lake following the last Ice Age. Located inland in a karst depression, the intriguing lake is filled through underground cracks and limestone channels fed by the sea, from which it is separated by only a narrow strip of rock. And admire the iconic white cliffs. Towering 162 meters tall and gleaming out over the deep blue ocean, these are some of the steepest cliffs to rise out over the Adriatic.
  • Zadar: Join your Local Expert to see the remains of the 1st century Roman Forum, admire the 9th century St Donatus Basilica, and walk through the 16th century Venetian city walls.
  • Zadar: Visit the modern Sea Organ and take a moment to enjoy the symphony of sounds generated by the waves.
  • Krka National Park: Admire the beauty and power of nature as you stroll shaded paths with cascades all around you. The spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park are formed from the Krka and Čikola Rivers. Formed like a series of terraces, they spill over 17 travertine steps in a series of cascades, creating the mighty Skradinski Buk waterfall, which towers 45 meters high. Despite the power of the rushing waters, the pool below remains so tranquil it is possible to swim right up to the base of the falls.
  • Šibenik: With an Local Expert, explore this charming city of sun, sea and stone. Built on rocks and constructed with rocks, Šibenik is filled with incredible historical sites, beautiful seaside hangouts, and quaint alleys and squares. Meander through the maze of streets and admire 15th century architecture, including City Hall and the Cathedral of St. James.
  • Dubrovnik: Once the sun has lowered and the crowds have disappeared join your Local Expert for a memorable evening sightseeing walk through the marble streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and see the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery.

Personalise your day

  • Dubrovnik:
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

Highlights

Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
  • 10 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Dubrovnik:
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
  • Included at all hotels.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Mali Losinj: Embark on an exclusive and immersive exploration of the Museum of Apoxymenos. Get to know the story of the 2000-year-old Greek bronze statue, perfectly preserved in the nearby seabed, and housed in the thoughtfully designed museum.

Exceptional Dining

  • Istria: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and join a local farmer and his well-trained hounds to hunt for truffle, and sample a selection of salamis, spreads and cheeses prepared with this gourmet delicacy.
  • Skradin: Specialists in boutique wine production, the Bibich vineyards are over 500 years old. With a deep devotion to the native grape and a strong respect for the land, the vintners of Bibich represent generations of family vintners. Taste some of the finest Croatian wines, paired expertly with tapas, for a true flavor of the region.

Magnificent Stays

  • With a long history of excellent service, dating back to the mid 1920s, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel harmoniously blends its art nouveau and art deco heritage with contemporary finishes. The hotel's central location makes it a convenient base for your two-night stay as you explore the city and its surrounds. Guest rooms reflect Hollywood glamour, decorated with classic and elegant style, ensuring you will be most comfortable throughout your stay.
  • Dubrovnik: The historic Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik blends the charm of the late 1800s with modern styling on the edge of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The Hilton Imperial is perfectly situated to take in views of the Adriatic Sea as well as exploration of Pile Gate, the Lovrijenac Fort and Šulić beach.

Passport Moments

  • Zagreb: Join your Local Expert on an orientation city tour showcasing the charming atmosphere of the lower town then travel to the medieval upper town by funicular to see the colorful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak Tower.
  • Pula: Truly magnificent, the colossal Pula Arena was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, around the same time as the Colosseum of Rome. As you stroll its vast interior, picture the fierce gladiator battles that once took place here in front of 20,000 spectators.
  • Split: Join your Local Expert for a city tour of Split. Visit Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the winding streets and see the Roman-era buildings. Continue your highlight tour with stops at St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter and the Golden Gate.
  • Kornati National Park: Sail through the maze of the 89 rocky islands in the Kornati National Park and take time to relax and recharge as you cruise past ruins of the ancient Illyrian fortress, Roman villas, and medieval settlements.
  • Discover the natural wonders of Telašćica Bay, one of the most beautiful locations on the Adriatic, with an expert guide. Learn about the formation of the Salt Lake following the last Ice Age. Located inland in a karst depression, the intriguing lake is filled through underground cracks and limestone channels fed by the sea, from which it is separated by only a narrow strip of rock. And admire the iconic white cliffs. Towering 162 meters tall and gleaming out over the deep blue ocean, these are some of the steepest cliffs to rise out over the Adriatic.
  • Zadar: Join your Local Expert to see the remains of the 1st century Roman Forum, admire the 9th century St Donatus Basilica, and walk through the 16th century Venetian city walls.
  • Zadar: Visit the modern Sea Organ and take a moment to enjoy the symphony of sounds generated by the waves.
  • Krka National Park: Admire the beauty and power of nature as you stroll shaded paths with cascades all around you. The spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park are formed from the Krka and Čikola Rivers. Formed like a series of terraces, they spill over 17 travertine steps in a series of cascades, creating the mighty Skradinski Buk waterfall, which towers 45 meters high. Despite the power of the rushing waters, the pool below remains so tranquil it is possible to swim right up to the base of the falls.
  • Šibenik: With an Local Expert, explore this charming city of sun, sea and stone. Built on rocks and constructed with rocks, Šibenik is filled with incredible historical sites, beautiful seaside hangouts, and quaint alleys and squares. Meander through the maze of streets and admire 15th century architecture, including City Hall and the Cathedral of St. James.
  • Dubrovnik: Once the sun has lowered and the crowds have disappeared join your Local Expert for a memorable evening sightseeing walk through the marble streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and see the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery.

Personalise your day

  • Dubrovnik:
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.
See spectacular Croatia on this 2-Week guided tour including a week-long luxury cruise. Enjoy a mix of medieval and modern sightseeing with a Local Expert in Zagreb. See hundreds of waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then journey to the Opatija Riviera for striking views of the Adriatic Sea. Hunt for truffles with a local farmer and his hound dogs in Istria. Explore the Museum of Apoxyomenos, allowing you unparalleled access to its 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue. Savor oysters straight from the sea in the picturesque fishing village of Mali Ston, then tour the marble streets of Old Town Dubrovnik with a Local Expert. Later, choose to walk the city’s expansive walls or visit its world-class museums.   The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

Trip details

Trip Type: Group Tour

Comfort: Deluxe

Travel Styles: Family, 55+, Luxury

Starts: Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)

Finishes: Dubrovnik, Croatia (Hrvatska)

Duration: 14 days

Includes

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

1Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb

Your Croatia luxury tour begins with a private chauffeur to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine on a selection of traditional Croatian dishes.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel.
Meals: Dinner

2Day 2: Zagreb Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Encounter Zagreb’s Ban Josip Jelačić Square. Ascend the Upper Town via funicular for panoramic views before continuing to the Opatija Riviera, once a favorite seaside retreat of the elite.

Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

3Day 3: Pula and Istria

Discover one of the best-preserved Roman Amphitheaters in the city of Pula. Experience the thrill of truffle-hunting at the family owned and operated Prodan Tartufi

Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park

At the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, be mesmerised by the waterfalls and turquoise waters as you snake your way around the boardwalks. Continue to the charming seaport city of Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5Day 5: Board your Adriatic Cruise Relaxed Start

Soak up Split’s Old Town including the remains of Diocletian’s Palace before boarding your cruise ship for your week sailing the Adriatic. Voyage to Primosten, savoring a delicious dinner on board.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

6Day 6: The Islands of Kornati National Park and Telašćica Bay Relaxed Start

Sail through Kornati National Park’s maze of jewel-like islands past ruins and Roman villas. Swim in crystal clear waters before arriving in Telašćica Bay flanked by famous White Cliffs.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7Day 7: Mali Lošinj Relaxed Start

Cruise to the island of Lošinj touring Mali Lošinj town’s harbor and historic quarter. Enjoy a private tour of the Museum of Apoxyomenos, home of the preserved 2000-year-old bronze statue.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

8Day 8: Explore Zadar Relaxed Start

Admire the Roman Forum, St. Donatus Basilica’s and Venetian city walls. Experience a symphony of sound from the Sea Organ.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

9Day 9: Krka National Park Waterfalls Relaxed Start

At the acclaimed Bibich Winery indulge in Croatian wines and a tapas lunch. See the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park’s and Sibenik’s 15th-century cathedral. Conclude with a Captain’s Dinner and live entertainment.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

10Day 10: Admire Hvar Relaxed Start

Escape to the island of Hvar. Discover the island's archtiecture, natural beauty and history.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

11Day 11: The Golden Horn and Split

Morning cruise to Zlatni Rat, the most famous beach in Dalmatia, the Golden Horn. The beach has a unique and distinctive shape which changes depending on the wind and tide. Relax on deck as you cruise on to Split, upon arrival join your Local Expert for a guided tour.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

12Day 12: Oyster Tasting and Dubrovnik

Savor fresh oysters in the fishing village of Mali Ston. Arrive at your historic hotel just outside Dubrovnik's city walls and view the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery with a Local Expert.

Accommodation: Hilton Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

13Day 13: Dubrovnik Your Way Relaxed Start

Discover the best of Dubrovnik today with personalized recommendations from your Travel Concierge. Choose to stroll along the impressive city walls, taking in the mesmerizing myriad of red roofs tucked within the city juxtaposed against the dazzling blue of the Adriatic just beyond the wall. Or, history lovers will want to visit one of the city’s many captivating museums including the Franciscan Monastery Museum set inside a 14th-century cloister exhibiting rare books and a medieval pharmacy that's been in use since 1317, the Maritime Museum, or War Photo Limited. After a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun on your hotel’s private beach, tonight raise a glass to your amazing travels at your Celebration Dinner.

Accommodation: Hilton Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

14Day 14: Farewell Dubrovnik

Conclude your Zagreb to Dubrovnik tour with a private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb
Your Croatia luxury tour begins with a private chauffeur to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine on a selection of traditional Croatian dishes.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel.
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Zagreb Sightseeing Relaxed Start
Encounter Zagreb’s Ban Josip Jelačić Square. Ascend the Upper Town via funicular for panoramic views before continuing to the Opatija Riviera, once a favorite seaside retreat of the elite.

Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Opatija
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Pula and Istria
Discover one of the best-preserved Roman Amphitheaters in the city of Pula. Experience the thrill of truffle-hunting at the family owned and operated Prodan Tartufi

Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park
At the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, be mesmerised by the waterfalls and turquoise waters as you snake your way around the boardwalks. Continue to the charming seaport city of Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Board your Adriatic Cruise Relaxed Start
Soak up Split’s Old Town including the remains of Diocletian’s Palace before boarding your cruise ship for your week sailing the Adriatic. Voyage to Primosten, savoring a delicious dinner on board.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: The Islands of Kornati National Park and Telašćica Bay Relaxed Start
Sail through Kornati National Park’s maze of jewel-like islands past ruins and Roman villas. Swim in crystal clear waters before arriving in Telašćica Bay flanked by famous White Cliffs.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Mali Lošinj Relaxed Start
Cruise to the island of Lošinj touring Mali Lošinj town’s harbor and historic quarter. Enjoy a private tour of the Museum of Apoxyomenos, home of the preserved 2000-year-old bronze statue.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Explore Zadar Relaxed Start
Admire the Roman Forum, St. Donatus Basilica’s and Venetian city walls. Experience a symphony of sound from the Sea Organ.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Krka National Park Waterfalls Relaxed Start
At the acclaimed Bibich Winery indulge in Croatian wines and a tapas lunch. See the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park’s and Sibenik’s 15th-century cathedral. Conclude with a Captain’s Dinner and live entertainment.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Admire Hvar Relaxed Start
Escape to the island of Hvar. Discover the island's archtiecture, natural beauty and history.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: The Golden Horn and Split
Morning cruise to Zlatni Rat, the most famous beach in Dalmatia, the Golden Horn. The beach has a unique and distinctive shape which changes depending on the wind and tide. Relax on deck as you cruise on to Split, upon arrival join your Local Expert for a guided tour.

Accommodation: Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Oyster Tasting and Dubrovnik
Savor fresh oysters in the fishing village of Mali Ston. Arrive at your historic hotel just outside Dubrovnik's city walls and view the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery with a Local Expert.

Accommodation: Hilton Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13: Dubrovnik Your Way Relaxed Start
Discover the best of Dubrovnik today with personalized recommendations from your Travel Concierge. Choose to stroll along the impressive city walls, taking in the mesmerizing myriad of red roofs tucked within the city juxtaposed against the dazzling blue of the Adriatic just beyond the wall. Or, history lovers will want to visit one of the city’s many captivating museums including the Franciscan Monastery Museum set inside a 14th-century cloister exhibiting rare books and a medieval pharmacy that's been in use since 1317, the Maritime Museum, or War Photo Limited. After a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun on your hotel’s private beach, tonight raise a glass to your amazing travels at your Celebration Dinner.

Accommodation: Hilton Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Farewell Dubrovnik
Conclude your Zagreb to Dubrovnik tour with a private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

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May 04 - May 17,

2024

May 04 - May 17, 2024 (14 days)

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